There are some who say that all you need for yoga is a mat. And while this is technically true, there are a handful of yoga accessories that will bring your practice to a whole new level.
Some yoga props may help you reach a pose, while others simply make you feel more comfortable. Here are top 5 favourite yoga props and how you can use them to improve your practice.
A Trusted Pair of Yoga Blocks
Never underestimate the importance of a good old fashion yoga block. There’s a reason why almost every yoga studio has them readily on hand.
Yoga blocks make certain poses more accessible. Whether it’s reaching your hand down for Crescent Pose, or having extra hip support during Pidgeon, they teach your muscles how to get used to new poses, stretches, and positions. Anyone looking to advance their practice should consider owning a pair.
Our soft-touch yoga blocks are made of 100% recyclable, sustainably-sourced expanded rubber. They are non-toxic, and offer a strong, reliable grip.
Alternatively, our cork block is made from organic sustainable fine grain cork, which offers a heavier and firmer feel.
Both great blocks!
Sometimes, it’s nice to lie down and breath deep with a single block between your shoulders. Take a few inhales and exhales, and you’ll soon fall into bliss.
A Yoga Belt To Optimize Your Stretches
If you’re looking to really deepen your stretches, an adjustable yoga belt can really help. We love the yoga strap accessory for stretching out shoulder blades, hamstrings and calves. Yoga straps are also a great way to improve posture, lengthen your muscles, and fine tune alignment in many of your poses.
And if you’re already familiar with our AsanaAlign™ system, featured in our TerraGrip and Pro Yoga mats, then you know how incremental changes are where the magic happens.) Here’s a tip: use the yoga belt to stretch before you formally begin your flow, and pay attention to your muscles after. Feel the difference?
Super Cosy Non-Slip Socks Keep Your Feet Warm
Okay, hear us out for this one. There’s no doubt that we love the feeling of our bare feet to the earth or mat. Everything feels so connected that way.
But sometimes, feet get cold. Or sweaty. And that’s were grip socks can really help. Our non-slip socks are highly versatile, and are made of a breathable cotton-nylon blend that let your keep your feet protected. Lined with grippy soles, they’ll keep you stable thorough. Plus, feeling comfortable during your practise is never a bad thing. Happy feet make for happy poses.
De-Stress With The Acupressure Mat
Ahh, the acupressure mat. It’s a not-so-secret shortcut to relaxation. By targeting over one thousand points, the acupressure mat stimulates blood flow, alleviates tension, and can reduce back, neck, and muscle pain.
It will feel prickly at first. But soon, your troubles will melt away. A great known feature is it’s flexibility. The go-to relaxation method is lying on your back for about 20 minutes. For a quick boost of energy, however, simply stand on the mat for about 5 minutes. Your feet muscles (which work oh so hard!) will get a nice, stimulating massage that increases circulation and bring relief.
If you haven’t tried the acupressure mat, don’t let fear stop you. Our Acubed™ Mat comes with a pillow as part of the set.
Something You Already Own: The Wall
We saved one of the best for last: the wall. The wall is one of the most helpful tools for alignment. It’s stable, it’s spacious, and it allows you to experience your active or more passive poses in a new way.
Almost any wall will do. Just make sure you have nothing valuable or heavy hanging on it, and that you have enough space on either side.
Use the wall to deepen your stretches. Try it with Downward Dog—feet on the floor, hands on the wall, or even the opposite, if you’re willing. (No-slip socks can help you here, too.) Try it with Puppy Pose for a really nice shoulder stretch.
One of the most relaxing poses is to simply lie back with your feet up on the wall, straight line, or in a “V.” As you practise advanced poses, like headstands, the wall can offer fundamental support. You won’t regret using it to your advantage.
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